Havent been out of port for 7 years? Australia has been fiercely criticized for the sale of the advanced Minesweeper

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 Havent been out of port for 7 years? Australia has been fiercely criticized for the sale of the advanced Minesweeper


Reference News Network reported in August 7th: according to the Australian newspapers 31 daily newspaper on July, the Australian Navy has not been out of port for many years, and the Minesweeper will be sold in the future.

Reported that the sale of Minesweeper plan has been condemned by a former mine warfare senior commander. He warned that Australias anti mine capability had not been tested and its strength was insufficient.

The Australian Navy claims to own 6 class mine - class Minesweeper as its key anti water mine warfare equipment. The total cost of the minesweeper is about $1 billion 200 million, and it is expected to be in service until the beginning of 2020s.

Australian Defense Ministry also said that the sale of the 2 52 m long Minesweeper plan is currently being implemented. These Minesweeper ships have variable depth sonar with mine hunting capability and unique single hull solid hull.

Greg Marpson, one of Australias most experienced former anti-mine officers, criticized the sale plan severely. He said the Navys capability is regrettable in many areas.

Marpson said the Navys new plan to buy and develop mine and mine hunting equipment (ocean 1778) has a good potential but a lot of years, and it only provides mediocre and some lack of testing ability.

He warned that new equipment associated with independent vehicles and the towed active Minesweeper system could not be transported into operational areas through a feasible way, because Australia lacks the speed and size of ships that are in need to transport the equipment safely into the threatened area.

He said: at first, the ocean 1778 plan included a follow-up stage to provide an appropriate support ship. However, when the Ministry of defense moved to promote offshore patrol ship projects, the ocean 1778 plan was shelved. The offshore patrol ship project will start to build up to 14 vessels from next year.

Marpson said there were proposals that coastal patrol ships could support anti-mine operations, but the steel hull of these ships would make them vulnerable to mines.

He also warned that the cost cuts meant that current mine clearance training and exercises were limited to Jervis Bay, rather than a challenging environment in a major port in the northern part of Australia. Our mine detection at the northern port is very challenging because of the high water temperature (which will affect sonar performance), the high waves and the accumulation of silt in the sea, he said. He also said Australias anti mine warfare forces lacked mine clearance training. Reported that the Australian Ministry of Defense has refuted Maxons criticism, saying that the Ministry of Defense has assessed and maintained its ability to respond to changing threats. A spokesman said the Ministry of defense is modernizing its active capacity and investing in new technologies. (compile / Feng Xue) this article source: Reference News Net editor: Jia Mingdong _NBJS6491

He also warned that the cost cuts meant that current mine clearance training and exercises were limited to Jervis Bay, rather than a challenging environment in a major port in the northern part of Australia.

Our mine detection at the northern port is very challenging because of the high water temperature (which will affect sonar performance), the high waves and the accumulation of silt in the sea, he said. He also said Australias anti mine warfare forces lacked mine clearance training.

Reported that the Australian Ministry of Defense has refuted Maxons criticism, saying that the Ministry of Defense has assessed and maintained its ability to respond to changing threats. A spokesman said the Ministry of defense is modernizing its active capacity and investing in new technologies. (compiling / Feng Xue)